The issue of attracting the best candidates for the judiciary needs to be addressed urgently. It has become quite apparent that the UK is anxious to relieve itself of being the final court of appeal (Privy Council) in the region. It is only a matter of time before those of us who still choose to cling to the motherland's cloak will receive the boot. This message was eloquently delivered to an appreciative audience by Sir Shridath Ramphal, former secretary general of the Commonwealth, at a lecture series last September. Referring to the Caribbean Court of Justice, reporter Keino Swamber quotes, "Must we wait for such eviction when we have already built for Caribbean law so fine a dwelling here?"
It is therefore imperative that quality judges be appointed with a view to further elevation to the CCJ. This can only be achieved with proper remuneration packages including enhanced retirement benefits. It is in the interest of all practising lawyers (spearheaded by their association) that they actively become involved in lobbying for the above to take effect, lest they find themselves appearing before jurists lacking in competence to give a fair hearing.